Nugget of Knowledge: The Pittsburgh left

It's letting a driver who wants to make a left turn in front of you go first when the light turns green

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Allstate Insurance ranks cities in terms of safe driving.

Pittsburgh is 178 in the top 200. It has a lot of one-way streets and hills and a practice known as the “Pittsburgh left,” which police don’t approve of but still don’t try to stop.

Mayor Bill Perduto says it’s a good thing — letting a driver who wants to make a left turn in front of you go first when the light turns green. Uber says it actually programmed its cars to let other cars make a Pittsburgh left, even though Uber won’t make the turn itself.

Another interesting fact: veering across several lanes of a freeway in one motion is called a “Jersey slide” or a “California lane change.” Exiting from the left is also sometimes called a “Jersey slide.”

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